|Birth||April 8, 1835|
|Death||Nov. 25, 1918|
|Post||Buckingham (Brazile Mills)|
|Unit||18th Connecticut Infantry, Company A|
Private Andrew J Kelley
Company A, 18th Connecticut Infantry
Kelley was born in Willimatic (Windham County), Connecticut on April 8, 1935. He was residing in Norwich, Connecticut when he enlisted in the regiment on August 2, 1862. Kelley was mustered in the unit on August 18, 1862. He served nearly 3 years and was mustered out on June 27, 1865 at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.
The 18th Connecticut Infantry was organized at Norwich on August 22, 1862. During his enlistment, the outfit was involved in 3 battles in which the unit suffered heavy casualties.
Battle of Winchester (VA) (June 15, 1863). Twenty-three soldiers were killed, 42 were wounded, and 549 were taken prisoner. Private Kelley was one of the captured soldiers. One account indicates that he release on July 2, 1863.
Battle of New Marker (VA) (May 15, 1864). The regiment lost 3 soldiers, 36 were wounded, and 28 were taken prisoner.
Battle of Piedmont (VA) (June 5, 1864). Another costly engagement in which the outfit lost 21 soldiers, 108 were wounded, and 56 were taken captive.
The “Find-a-Grave” website includes Kelley’s obituary. The document adds insight into Kelley’s life:
He moved to Nebraska in 1877 and settled north of Creighton.
Kelley was a homesteader that settled on 160 acres of land.
He married in 1861 and the couple parented 4 children.
He lived on his farm for 20 years and moved to Creighton in 1897.
Kelley died on November 25, 1918 and is buried in the Creighton Cemetery in Creighton (Knox County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Buckingham Post (#126) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Brazile Mills, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Irwin Post (#70) of the GAR in Creighton.
Doc – Kelley(18CT).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.